Topic: obesity

Healthy lifestyle may cut gestational diabetes cases by half

Healthy lifestyle habits—maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and staying physically active—may help prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop in pregnant women, according to a new study. Looking at data from more than 14,000 American women, the researchers found…

Obesity Causes

Many factors influence body weight—genes, though the effect is small, and heredity is not destiny; prenatal and early life influences; poor diets; too much television watching; too little physical activity and sleep; and our food and physical activity environment. What Tips the…

Friends, family can influence your weight—for good or bad

Efforts to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle can be influenced positively—or negatively—by people closest to you, including your friends, family, spouse, and co-workers, according to Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department…

Why We Overeat

[FORUM VIDEO] Based on the latest science, this Forum event examined how Americans can shift their food environments from toxic to healthy.

The cost of childhood obesity

July 22, 2014 -- What’s the most cost-effective way to prevent childhood obesity? Is it by taxing sugary beverages? Requiring more physical education classes in schools? Eliminating the corporate tax deduction for marketing and advertising when it comes to food and beverage…

Social network project tackles obesity and diabetes

July 14, 2014 -- Making use of the ties between friends and family to promote healthy behaviors appears to motivate people to better manage their weight over the long term—and reduce their risk for obesity and diabetes—even in places with limited resources…

High blood pressure top risk factor in heart disease deaths

High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) around the world, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The report provides a global view of how blood pressure, cholesterol,…

Obesity Prevention Strategies

Turning Around the Epidemic The fact that the obesity epidemic didn’t flash over countries like a wildfire—rather it smoldered and then slowly grew year after year—has made it even more difficult to combat, since its causes have become so intertwined into the…